MOT founder's estate sale starts tomorrow, and it looks to be a great one

May 30, 2019, 7:54 AM

When David DiChiera died last fall, tributes to his graciousness and leadership rained down from journalists and colleagues. Now the general public has a chance to pick up a tribute to his good taste and style -- at the Michigan Opera Theatre's founder's estate sale. And it looks to be a spectacular one.

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Artwork, furniture, decorative objects, rugs and more look to be on offer Friday morning through Sunday afternoon in the University District on Detroit's west side. See many, many pictures at the link above. 

And if anyone is feeling generous, please buy this bookcase, pack it securely and ship it off to Deadline Detroit World HQ, addressed to the Thursday morning news aggregator, who will be very grateful to accept it. 

Sale notes:

His beautiful 1920s home, situated on the Detroit Golf Course, was the site of countless parties for MOT productions and dinners for some of the world's most famous opera stars including Andrea Bocelli and Denise Graves, as well as many Detroit luminaries. This sale is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire something from Dr. DiChiera's truly remarkable life in music and a stunning home where the arts were nurtured and celebrated.   

Sale Highlights include: paintings by Egill Jacobsen and Douglas Arthur Teed, prints by Peter Max, etchings by Louis Icart, art glass including Tiffany and Lalique, a wide selection of dinnerware, serving pieces, and stemware including Baccarat crystal, oriental rugs, a turn-of-the-century wrought iron patio set, and beautiful vintage and antique furnishings including many mahogany pieces and upholstered wingback couches and arm chairs.

A collection of letters and autographs from famous composers including Verdi, R. Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff, and others, as well as Posters and items from the history of Michigan Opera Theatre, the arts in Detroit, and opera in the US are also part of this unforgettable sale, plus much more!

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at 18900 Fairway Drive in Detroit, a block south of 7 Mile Road between Woodward and Livernois.

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